But such is the case with the appointment of a former Democratic lawmaker from south Georgia to a federal judgeship in Atlanta.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, along with a few other liberals in the upper chamber, have said they cannot support President Barack Obama’s choice of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Michael Boggs for a seat on the federal bench serving the northern half of Georgia. But it’s not because of anything that Judge Boggs has done on the bench since 2004, serving as a superior or appeals judge. By most accounts, his performance in the judiciary has been exemplary.
Instead, the opposition from Mr. Reid and others stems from votes that the Georgia nominee made more than a decade ago when he was a conservative Democratic lawmaker from Waycross serving in the state legislature. That includes a vote in 2001 to retain the old Georgia flag, which included the Confederate battle emblem. He also backed measures that would have required parents to accompany a daughter to an abortion clinic if she was younger than 18 and to ban same-sex marriages.
The White House is sticking by its nominee — in part because it made a deal with Georgia’s two Republican senators to help get other judicial nominees approved, and in part because it believes the nominee is well-qualified.
“Of all the recent criticisms offered against Michael Boggs, not one is based on his record as a judge for the past 10 years,” Obama spokesman Eric Schultz said. “What has distinguished him as a state court judge at the trial level, as well as on the court of appeals, is that he has taken a keen interest and leading role in criminal justice reform.”
Too bad some liberals can’t be more open-minded.